Weekend Reading: January 18, 2014

Messy House

Although my husband might not agree with this assessment, I really do try not to complain a lot, especially online. Not because I want to appear like I have the perfect life but because I think sometimes when we verbalize or write down the negatives, they become even bigger and harder in our hearts and minds. I prefer, instead, to focus on the beauty of this crazy, imperfect life.

That said, I don’t want to contribute to Superwoman-itis, this idea that some women “do it all” and the rest of us should live up to their standards. So it’s important to me to be honest too.

And that’s why there are a few more posts on the blog and social media these days about my struggle to balance life with a newborn with homeschooling and my role as the breadwinner of our family. It has certainly not been an easy transition, despite having Sean home full time, and I’m working hard to maintain a good attitude as the days tick by without any noticeable progress on projects (like the new site!). I’m also focusing on being intentional about my choices because it would be too easy to simply cancel school day after day or pass off the baby so I can get work done. Instead of focusing on the frustration, I’ve been writing “His mercies are new every day” a lot in my new planner, and I am taking it day-by-day as I try to figure out what works!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading and what I’m pinning to see the other posts that make me stop and think (or, you know, drool…). You’ll find new posts all week long!

But first, I hope you’ll take a minute to read about this exciting project. To celebrate her site’s 10th anniversary, Amy of Mom Advice is raising funds to build two wells in Burkina Faso (in addition to the well her family has already committed to sponsoring!). You can make a donation in any amount, even just a dollar or two, to help them make this a reality! Join me in helping them build these wells?

Education {A Love for Learning}

Green {Health & Nutrition}

  • How to keep a stomach virus from spreading through your house | Examiner.com

Family {Married with Children}

  • 7 Perks of Getting Married Young | Early Mama
  • 200 Ways to Bless your Children with a Happy Childhood | Little Hearts

Have a great weekend!